Wednesday November 26, 2014
Tanya Davies MP, State Member for Mulgoa has welcomed International Day for People with Disability and encourages local residents to get involved.
“On 3 December, the International Day of People with Disability, we celebrate and recognise the achievements, contributions and abilities of people with disability,” said Tanya Davies.
“It is about recognising people for what their abilities are, rather than their disability” said Tanya.
The Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign has been celebrating the achievements, and raising awareness of the barriers to participation, for people with disability throughout the month of November in the lead up to International Day for People with Disability.
The Don’t Dis my ABILITY ambassador in the Mulgoa electorate is Christopher Bunton, a Special Olympics gymnast and performer from St Clair who works part time at the YMCA facility in Penrith.
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka said one of the NSW Government's priorities is to increase opportunities for people with disability to assist them in realising their potential.
“Celebrating International Day of People with Disability draws attention to the diversity and ability of people with disability and encourages inclusive communities.
“That’s the focus of this year’s Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign – encouraging people to make a conscious effort every day to build inclusive communities,” Minister Ajaka said.
In the last 11 years, since Don’t DIS my ABILITY was launched, the NSW Government has made the National Disability Insurance Scheme a reality, by being the first state to sign up in 2012.
There has been record annual investment in disability services in NSW, and Australia ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
“There are events and celebrations taking place in the Mulgoa electorate and I strongly encourage the community to get involved,” said Tanya Davies.
Local events can be found at http://www.dontdismyability.com.au/get_involved/events
For more information about the Don’t DIS my ABILITY initiative, go to www.dontdismyability.com.au or follow the campaign on social media – Twitter: @DontDIS Facebook: DontDISmyABILITY.